MotoGP Results – Round 9 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship

* Rookie

A fast-starting Fabio Quartararo exploded for victory at the MotoGP of Catalunya, extending his title lead with a second win of the season.

But a big mistake by local star Aleix Espargaro saw the Aprilia rider lose second place after thinking the race was more than a lap early!

Rolling back and waving to the fans in Turn 1 at the start of the final lap, Espargaro fell to fifth as he realized his huge mistake.

Espargaro stopped with his head in his hands after finally crossing the checkered flag and was inconsolable after returning to the pits.

It is not the first time such an error has been made in Barcelona, ​​usually due to a rider looking at the timing lap (which would change as Quartararo passed, five seconds ahead) rather than looking at his own board. stalls.

This incident promoted Jorge Martin, Johann Zarco and Joan Mir to second, third and fourth places.

There was early disaster for Mugello winner Francesco Bagnaia, who joined Alex Rins to be eliminated at Turn 1 of the race after Takaaki Nakagami lost the front of his Honda LCR under braking.

After sliding down the track, Nakagami’s head struck and then tangled in Bagnaia’s rear wheel, ripping off his visor and knocking the Ducati star off.

Rins was then swept away by the Japanese rider’s bike. It was the second time in a week that Rins and Nakagami got tangled up.

All of them would have luckily escaped serious injuries, although Rins seems to have pain in his wrist and Nakagami has been sent for medical checks.

Bagnaia briefly joined a distant last before retiring for the third time this season.

As he had expected, warm-up leader Maverick Vinales bet on the soft rear tire from eighth on the grid, with Alex Marquez (starting last after missing qualifying due to a quick crash in practice ) the only other driver not to choose medium or hard.

All but the KTM chose the middle front, with the RC16s on the hard.

Local star Espargaro entered the race having dominated FP2, FP3, FP4 and qualifying, before crashing en route to fourth in the warm-up.

Joined on the front row by Ducati’s Bagnaia and world champion Quartararo, Espargaro was attacked by Quartararo on the first corner early in the race, while Bagnaia was taken out just behind them.

The Yamaha rider immediately set a high pace, while Espargaro lost another position to Jorge Martin.

Quartararo had taken a 3.4 second lead by the time Espargaro took over second place from Martin, with 15 laps to go.

Tire consumption was expected to be a major issue, but Quartararo showed no signs of slowing down, eventually extending his lead to over 5 seconds while Espargaro had his hands full trying to keep Martin and teammate Pramac Ducati at bay. , Zarco.

Martin, who will have hand surgery after this race, passed Espargaro with 9 laps to go and the trio remained locked in, with Espargaro making yet another overtake on Martin with 4 laps to go and looked to have second place in the bag. ..

Joan Mir reclaimed fourth from 17th on the grid to mark Suzuki’s first race finish since the post-Jerez announcement that the factory would leave MotoGP at the end of this season.

Luca Marini was sixth for VR46 Ducati, with Vinales seventh on the soft rear, ahead of KTM teammates Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira.

Alex Marquez had a great run from last to tenth, while rookies Remy Gardner, Darryn Binder and Raul Fernandez all scored points – Fernandez for the first time in the premier class.

Already reeling from the Bagnaia DNF, the worst was to follow for Ducati when Marco Bezzecchi, 2022 three-time winner Enea Bastianini (seventh place) and then Gresini teammate Fabio di Giannantonio all crashed before the halfway mark.

Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso have also joined the DNF roster.

Marc Marquez was out after opting to undergo fourth surgery on his right arm. The recovering eight-time world champion is replaced by HRC test rider Stefan Bradl.

An official post-race test will take place on Monday at the Barcelona circuit. Jorge Martin will miss the test and undergo surgery to treat nerve issues in his right hand.

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